San Francisco Airport Is Home to a Pig Who Helps out Stressed Passengers

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Whether we like it or not,  for many, hopping onto a flight is part of getting from A to B. Many of us couldn’t care less and barely even think about it. But for some people, their fear of flying is utterly excruciating and the anxiety it brings can be very distressing.

But for anxious passengers boarding planes at San Francisco airport, they’re in luck, as LiLou, the 5-year-old therapy pig is there to help calm all those pre-flight nerves. Yep, you read that right. The airport has hired a pig to help out stressed passengers and she’s been receiving rave reviews.

She even wears the most adorable uniform. Keep scrolling to take a look.

While it can be very costly, whether you’re going on vacation or visiting family, flights are an important part of getting from one place to another.

But for many of us, we don’t think too much into it and hop aboard without any reservations.

So many people have a fear of flying, and the thoughts of zooming through the sky and tens of thousands of feet high about the clouds is terrifying.

For those that make it to the airport, the whole experience can be nail-biting and the relief of hitting land on the other side brings a lot of comfort.

LiLou, a 5-year-old therapy pig, is here to calm all your pre-flight anxieties.

According to Reuters,  she is part of the airport’s Wag Brigade, which brings therapy animals into departure areas, including a number of dogs. “When we first launched the program, our main goal was to relieve stress for our passengers. However, what we have found is we have formed a connection with our passengers and it’s been totally amazing,” the airport’s guest services manager, Jennifer Kazarian explained.

Her adorable uniform consists of a pilot cap and eye-catching red nails, painted by her owner, Tatyana Danilova.

The adorable pig greets passengers with her hoof, takes pictures with people, and even plays music for them on a toy piano.

But there’s one thing that passengers can’t do around LiLou…

Her owner explained that the LiLou doesn’t like is being approached from behind, likely because Juliana pigs are prey animals.

Aside from her day job, LiLou lives with Danilova in downtown San Francisco, where she goes for daily walks and eats a diet of vegetables and protein pellets. She’s house trained and sleeps in her own bed, Insider reports.  

“Everybody is usually very happy and it makes them pause for a second and smile and be like, ‘oh, it’s great’,” explained Danilova.

“People are very happy to get distracted from the travel, from their routines, whether they’re flying on their journey for vacation or work,” Danilova added.

They all must be house trained, have good manners, and a friendly personality.

Everything about her is adorable from the nails and the hat to her cute snout.

Look at her in action… Keep up the good work, LiLou!